84 TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "
is a pride based on something which is not very large.
If you yourself can do something for that race, if you
can show yourself to be a worthy member of it so that
it shall be^the better for your passing through it, you
may then have something to be proud of—something
at least at which you can look with satisfaction.
Merely to be proud because you are an Englishman,
or a Hindu, or a German, or whatever'you may
be—that in itself is a poor reason for pride. Show
yourself worthy to belong to a great race, then you
will have something personal to be proud of.
And so the fact which you find emphasised on the
next page that the race does not matter is a very
important thing—a thing to be borne in mind.
The really important thing is the knowledge of God's
plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is
evolution. When once a man has seen that and really
knows it, he cannot help working for it and making himself
one with it, because it is so glorious, so beautiful.
You attach yourself to certain causes in this
world because they impress you with their utility
and importance. You take up, perhaps, the cause
of temperance. Why? Because you have seen
the tremendous evil caused by the drink habit,
because you realise in how very many ways the
world would be infinitely better if that evil could
be repressed. Just in the same way people take up
other causes, people^ for example, who have seen the
really awful suffering of the submerged tenth. They